Sam McAughtry

Sam McAughtry (24 March 1921 28 March 2014) was a Northern Irish writer and broadcaster.

He was born in Belfast, Ireland, in 1921. He lived in the loyalist Tiger's Bay area and was educated at St Barnabas'.[1] He left school at 14 and served in the Royal Air Force. On leaving the armed forces he worked as a labourer, then civil servant, before becoming a full-time writer.

He was a trade union and Northern Ireland Labour Party member, he stood unsuccessfully for elections on a non-sectarian socialist platform.[2] He was founding chairman of the Peace Train Organisation which protested against the bombing of the Dublin-Belfast railway line.

McAughtry made many contributions to radio and television programmes, giving his memories of life in Belfast as well as political analysis during the troubles. He was also a regular columnist in The Irish Times.

Sam McAughtry was elected a member of the Seanad Éireann, the Irish senate, in 1996 by the Industrial and Commercial Panel. Others from Northern Ireland such as Gordon Wilson, Maurice Hayes, John Robb, Sam Kyle, Seamus Mallon and Brid Rodgers were appointed by the Taoiseach.

He was introduced on 28 February 1996, welcomed as a rare northern Protestant representative, and made his first contribution in response.[3]

He died on 28 March 2014.[4]



  1. Date of birth given as 1921 on fly-leaf and also on page one of text of "McAughtry's War" (Blackstaff Press, 1985).
  2. 1998 Assembly Election Results Belfast North (ARK)
  3. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. "Sam McAughtry: Belfast writer and broadcaster dies", BBC News, 28 March 2014
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